The paper presents several rationales behind the increase in ACL injuries among female athletes, including an anatomical explanation.
The paper presents several rationales behind the increase in ACL injuries among female athletes, including an anatomical explanation. The author differentiates between male and female knee construction, and discusses the increased demand placed on this joint by increasingly competitive female sports.
“There has been a tremendous increase in the number of female athletes in the past generation. Undoubtedly because of the rise in feminism and the consequent rise in consciousness of equality across the board in our culture there has been a simultaneous increase in the number of athletic programs, clinics, sports per se for all categories and at all levels of physical skill. As female athletes have gained a foothold in the world of sports and athletics generally, not surprisingly the female athlete is also experiencing an increase in injuries related to sports events. This is not simply a matter of more injuries per se as the female population increases; it reflects a rise in the injury because of the very nature of the female anatomy.”